SO IN THIS MOMENT – Neha Anna Thomas

Father God, though I may not understand
Everything I am going through
I just want to thank You
You hold my hand,
Shepherd me through feary storms
Show me what is right from wrong
I just want to thank You

So in this moment I sing
A song of praise to my King
Lord, I worship You
So let us open our hearts
And raise up our hands
To the One who deserves all the praise

Thank you Lord, for what You have done
Thank You, Lord for what You are going to do
Thank You, Lord for your Son
Thank You, Lord, for this life anew

Father God, every day You’re teaching me
Showing me what life can be
I just want to thank You
I may not know all the plans You have for me
But I know that You love me
So I just want to thank You

So in this moment….

© Neha Anna Thomas


STARFISH PIER – Irene Hannon

Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon is book six in the Hope Harbor series. It is a contemporary romance genre, in which two seemingly incompatible young people do their level best to search for common ground to build a relationship on, as they strive to discover a deeper connection with God and each other – only to find that genuine, God-given love dispels the horrifying darkness, to light up the way to a faith-inspired future, filled with bright hope and brilliant promise.

This realistic, true-to-life story addresses the most controversial and persistently difficult to answer questions faced by a travailing humanity. This story also highlights the forgiveness and second chances offered by our compassionate and understanding God.

With elements of faith nicely interwoven into the flawless story line, Hannon’s multifaceted story of redemption, mercy and hope focuses on how asking God’s forgiveness and forgiving oneself is just as important for healing as forgiveness from others.

Starfish Pier is a heartwarming story of emotional restoration and peace, where hearts heal with God’s forgiving grace….. and love blooms, against all odds, in all its fullness. I highly recommend it to readers who wish to find true fulfillment in a story of the highest standards, embodying true Christian values.

Miriam Jacob


DR. ANNA ELIAS – Personal Testimony


It is my prayer that all those who read my testimony will be redeemed by the precious blood of my Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ and be healed in spirit ,soul and body by the stripes of Jesus on the cross on Calvary,Lamb of God,without blemish and without spot, slain from the foundation of the world and by the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

– Dr. Anna Elias.

Personal Testimony
Dr. Anna Elias

• Born again, believing Christian [John 3:3]
• Redeemed by the precious blood of my Lord & Saviour
Jesus Christ[1 Peter 1:18,19]
• Sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise unto the day of
redemption[Ephesians 1 :13,2 Cor1;22,Eph 4;30]
• My foundation is the Word of God which I believe to be
absolutely true,eternal & unchanging[2 Tim 3:16,Ps 119:
89,128,160, Isaiah 40:8]
• The Cross is the center of my faith. I believe that Jesus
bore my iniquities & died on the cross for me & in Jesus I
have eternal life[Isaiah 53] [1 Peter 2:24]
• I stand by grace alone[Romans 5:2]
• I rejoice in the hope of glory which is Christ in me[Col 1:27]
• I await the second coming of my Lord & Saviour Jesus
Christ [1 Thess 4:14-16]
My Story of Tragedy & Triumph
• On May 11th 2013,I was diagnosed to have a high grade
• On May 16th I had my first cycle of chemotherapy
• On May 21st I went into septic shock and was close to death
• My white blood cells [WBCs] plummeted to 200[Normal
5000 to 11,000] with no neutrophils. People normally don’t
survive if the blood counts are less than 400
• My blood pressure went down to 70/30mmHg
• My oxygen saturation reduced
• I had fever and severe diarrhoea
• I collapsed in our room,before I was taken to hospital
• I was like a country with no soldiers,no defences and an
aggressive,ruthless army invading with speed & ferocity
I was on my deathbed
• Today, I am alive and well because my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ
himself healed me
• By the Stripes of Jesus ,I am healed -Isaiah 54:4,5
• It was not an instantaneous miraculous healing. It was a gradual
overcoming the disease
• I took the treatment recommended by the doctors
• I was sustained by the Living Word of God
• I have shared below Scripture verses that strengthened me and gave me
Psalm 119:92 KJV
• (92) Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished
in mine affliction.
At the peak of my sickness,the Lord gave me His Word,The Rhema[God’s
word for that particular situation] Malachi 4:2
I shared it with my husband who is a pastor. He advised me to hold onto
that verse as I was shifted to the ICU
The Sun of Rrighteousness arose with Healing
in His Wings

Rhema of God’s Word
Malachi 4:2 KJV
(2) But unto you that fear my name
shall the Sun of righteousness arise
with healing in his wings; and ye
shall go forth, and grow up as calves
of the stall.
• I was in the ICU for 10 days with fever, severe
diarrhoea,septic shock hovering between life &
• A family of believers undertook for me. Their love
& concern for me was amazing
• They looked after me with the genuine Christ like
love and concern
• The night that I was nearly dying,they took over my
treatment,put in all the central lines,overlooked
the medication,got me a place in the ICU
• The whole night this doctor friend sat next to my
bed,prayed for me,calmed my fears & monitered
me,till I was out of danger
• I was supported by family & friends at every stage of my
• My husband,Pastor Elias Joseph was by my side from the
beginning to the end. He was constantly praying for me
• My daughter Esther was with me at all the crucial times
• She used to come to the ICU & we used to have long
conversations.She encouraged me at every stage
• My husband’s parents & my parents,my sister & brother-in-
law encouraged & supported me in all possible ways
• My church members at Cochin & fellow church members at
Kothamangalam& Moovatupuzha fervently prayed for me
• My friends, far & near,my patients & all my loved ones
upheld me before the throne of grace
• I followed all the medical advice,had 6 courses of
chemotherapy & I gradually recovered.
• The treatment took 6 months.On November 1st 2013,I got
back to work at my eye hospital.
My Faith is based on
The Redemptive
Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross
and The Word of God
My Faith
I would like to explain my faith under the
following headings;
• Attributes of God
• Foundational Beliefs
• The Word of God
• The divine exchange that took place at the
• Biblical Characters from whom I understood
the meaning of suffering and the Biblical
response to it
Attributes of God
Exodus 34:6 KJV
• (6) And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The
LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering,
and abundant in goodness and truth
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 KJV
• (3) Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye
greatness unto our God.
• (4) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are
judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Psalm 18:30-32 KJV
• (30) As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is
tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
• (31) For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our
• (32) It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my
way perfect.

Foundational Beliefs
• I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me
• The cross is central to my faith
• He took my sin[iniquity,transgression] upon himself
Isa 53:4-6 KJV
• (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs[sicknesses], and carried our
sorrows[pains]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God,
and afflicted.
• (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
• (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one
to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us
• In the redemptive death of Jesus,God has provided forgiveness
of sins and healing for me
• God’s name is Jehova Rapha –God who heals
Foundational Beliefs
I am redeemed by the precious blood of my
Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ
1Pe 1:18-19 KJV
• (18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not
redeemed with corruptible things, as silver
and gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers;
• (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as
of a lamb without blemish and without spot
The Word of God
2Ti 3:16-17 KJV
• (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
• (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished
unto all good works.
Heb 4:12 KJV
• (12) For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than
any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul
and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.
Isa 40:8 KJV
• (8) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God
shall stand for ever.
Jesus Christ -The Living Word of God
The Bible is the written word of God
Jesus is the Living Word of God
• In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. (John 1:1 KJV)
Rev 19:11-13 KJV
• (11) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;
and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness he doth judge and make war.
• (12) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were
many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew,
but he himself.
• (13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and
his name is called The Word of God.
The Word of God

Psa 119:159-160 KJV
• (159) Consider how I love thy precepts:
quicken me, O LORD, according to thy
• (160) Thy word is true from the beginning:
and every one of thy righteous judgments
endureth for ever.

Psa 119:89 KJV
• (89) For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled
in heaven.
Sustained by the Word of God
Psa 119:92 KJV
• (92) Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have
perished in mine affliction.
Psa 119:114 KJV
• (114) Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy
• Psa 119:11 KJV
• (11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
against thee.
• Psa 119:71 KJV
• (71) It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might
learn thy statutes.
• Psa 119:75 KJV
• (75) I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that
thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
Word of God on Healing
Exo 15:26 KJV
• (26) And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of
the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his
sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all
his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee,
which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD
that healeth thee.
Isa 53:4-5 KJV
• (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs[sicknesses], and carried
our sorrows[pain]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted.
• (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Mat 8:16-17 KJV
• (16) When the even was come, they brought unto him
many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out
the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
• (17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by
Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our
infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
1Pe 2:24 KJV
• (24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on
the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Pro 4:20-22 KJV
• (20) My son, attend to my words; incline thine
ear unto my sayings.
• (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes;
keep them in the midst of thine heart.
• (22) For they are life unto those that find
them, and health to all their flesh.
Psa 107:20 KJV
• (20) He sent his word, and healed them, and
delivered them from their destructions.
The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross.
• The entire message of the gospel revolves around one
unique historical event: the sacrificial death of Jesus on
the cross.
• Concerning this the writer of Hebrews says: “For by one
offering [sacrifice] He [Jesus] has perfected forever
those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).
• Two powerful expressions are combined: “perfected”
and “forever.”
• Together, they depict a sacrifice which comprehends
every need of the entire human race.
• Furthermore, its effects extend throughout time and on
into eternity.
Every Human Need is met at the Cross
• By a single, sovereign act, God brought
together all the need and all the suffering of
humanity in one climactic moment of time –
The Death of Jesus on the Cross.
• The most complete account of what was
accomplished at the cross was given through
the Prophet Isaiah, 700 years before it
actually took place.
• In Isaiah 53:10–11 the prophet depicts a
“righteous Servant” whose soul was to be
offered to God as a sin offering
Man’s Iniquity, God’s Remedy
• The divine purpose accomplished by His sacrifice is
summed up in Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone
astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
• Here is the basic, universal problem of all humanity:
we have turned, each of us, to our own way.
• The Hebrew word that sums this up is avon, here
translated “iniquity.”
• Perhaps the closest equivalent in contemporary
English would be “rebellion”—not against man, but
against God.
Jesus endured all the evil consequences of that
• In its biblical use, avon describes not merely iniquity but
also the punishment, or the evil consequences, that
iniquity brings in its trail
• Jesus Himself was not guilty of any sin. In Isaiah 53:9 the
prophet says, “He had done no violence, nor was any
deceit in His mouth.”
• But in verse 6 he says, “The LORD has laid on Him the
iniquity [avon] of us all.”
• Not merely was Jesus identified with our iniquity, He also
endured all the evil consequences of that iniquity.
• Like the scapegoat that had prefigured Him, He carried
them away, so that they might never return again upon
The Cross – Meaning and Purpose
Here is the true meaning and purpose of the cross.
• On it a divinely ordained exchange took place.
• First, Jesus endured in our place all the evil consequences
that were due by divine justice to our iniquity.
• Now, in exchange, God offers us all the good that was due
to the sinless obedience of Jesus.
• Stated more briefly, the evil due to us ,came upon Jesus,
that, in return, the good due to Jesus, might be offered to us.
• God is able to offer this to us without compromising His
own eternal justice, because Jesus has already endured on
our behalf all the just punishment due to our iniquities.
• All of this proceeds solely out of the grace of God
Taken from ‘The
Divine Exchange’ by
Derek Prince
The Divine Exchange at the Cross
• The Divine Exchange Hebrews 10:14; Philippians 4:19
• Punished – Forgiven Isaiah 53:5,6, Romans 5:1, 1 John 1 :9
• Wounded – Healed Isaiah 53:4,5, 1 Peter 2:24, Mathew
• Made Sin – Righteous 2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 53:10,11,12
• Death – Life – Hebrews 2:9,Isaiah 53:12,Romans 6:23,Ezekiel
18:4,James 1:5
• Poverty – Abundance 2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 9:8
• Shame – Glory Hebrews 12:2
• Rejection – Acceptance Matthew 27:46, Ephesians 1:5–6
• Curse – Blessing Galatians 3:13–14, Deuteronomy 21: 22,23
The Divine Exchange
Life of 4 people –their apparent tragedy &
triumph helped me to understand the
meaning of suffering,the right response to
suffering and to understand that God is
sovereign over our lives
• Jesus Christ
• Joseph
• Job
• Daniel ,Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego
Jesus Christ
Isa 53:4-6 KJV
• (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried
our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
• (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon him; and
with his stripes we are healed.
• (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way; and the LORD
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:10-12 KJV
• (10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put
him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering
for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
• (11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be
satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant
justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
• (12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the
great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and
he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare
the sin of many, and made intercession for the
Philippians 2:6-9 KJV
• (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it
not robbery to be equal with God:
• (7) But made himself of no reputation, and
took upon him the form of a servant, and was
made in the likeness of men:
• (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he
humbled himself, and became obedient unto
death, even the death of the cross.
• (9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted
him, and given him a name which is above
every name:
Heb 2:10-11 KJV
• (10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all
things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their
salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 10:4-9 KJV
• (4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take
away sins.
• (5) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and
offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
• (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
• (7) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,)
to do thy will, O God.
• (8) Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and
offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are
offered by the law;
• (9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first,
that he may establish the second.
Joseph – Genesis 37- 50
Gen 37:28 KJV
• (28) Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew
and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the
Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought
Joseph into Egypt.
• Gen 39:9 KJV
• (9) There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept
back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how
then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
• Gen 39:20 KJV
• (20) And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a
place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in
the prison.
Gen 40:2 KJV
• (2) And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the
butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
• Gen 40:5 KJV
• (5) And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in
one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the
butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
Gen 40:14-15 KJV
• (14) But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I
pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring
me out of this house:
• (15) For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews:
and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the
Gen 40:23 KJV
• (23) Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat
• Joseph was in prison from age 17 to age 30.

Gen 45:7-9 KJV
• (7) And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity
in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
• (8) So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and
he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his
house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Gen 49:22-26 KJV
• (22) Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run
over the wall:
• (23) The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
• (24) But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong
by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone
of Israel:)
• (25) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who
shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth
under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
• (26) The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my
progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head
of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Gen 50:20-21 KJV
• (20) But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to
bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
• (21) Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he
comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
Job – Response to Suffering
Job 1:1 KJV
• (1) There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was
perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:12 KJV
• (12) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power;
only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the
presence of the LORD.
Job 1:16 KJV
• (16) While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of
God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants,
and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:20-22 KJV
• (20) Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down
upon the ground, and worshipped,
• (21) And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return
thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name
of the LORD.
• (22) In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Job 13:15-16 KJV
• (15) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine
own ways before him.
• (16) He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before
Job 19:25-26 KJV
• (25) For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the
latter day upon the earth:
• (26) And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh
shall I see God:
Job 23:10 KJV
• (10) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall
come forth as gold.
Job 42:5-6 KJV
• (5) I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now
mine eye seeth thee.
• (6) Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job 42:10 KJV
• (10) And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed
for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he
had before.
Job 42:12-13 KJV
• (12) So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his
beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six
thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand
she asses.
• (13) He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Daniel ,Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego
Daniel 6:22 KJV
• (22) My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths,
that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency
was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no
Dan 3:23-29 KJV
• (23) And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
• (24) Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in
haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast
three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and
said unto the king, True, O king.
• (25) He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in
the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the
fourth is like the Son of God.
Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego
• (26) Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery
furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye
servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
• (27) And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors,
being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had
no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats
changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
• (28) Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and
delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s
word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship
any god, except their own God.
• (29) Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language,
which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a
dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
Word of God – Suffering
Refining Process
Malachi 3:3 KJV
• (3) And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify
the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer
unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Psalm 66:10-12 KJV
• (10) For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
• (11) Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our
• (12) Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire
and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
Isaiah 1:25 KJV
• (25) And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross,
and take away all thy tin:
Perfected through suffering
James 1:2-4 KJV
• (2) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
• (3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
• (4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and
entire, wanting nothing.
Rom 5:3-4 KJV
• (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience;
• (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
1Pe 1:7 KJV
• (7) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold
that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise
and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1Pe 4:12-13 KJV
• (12) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
• (13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that,
when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 5:10 KJV
• (10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by
Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect,
stablish, strengthen, settle you.
2Co 4:16-18 KJV
• (16) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
• (17) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
• (18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are eternal.
The Lord carries & protects us in our trials
Isa 43:2 KJV
•(2) When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through
the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the
fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Isa 63:9 KJV
•(9) In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence
saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them,
and carried them all the days of old.
Deu 32:10-12 KJV
•(10) He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he
led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
•(11) As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young,
spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
•(12) So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god
with him.

I believe in a God who can turn
A tragedy into a triumph
A curse into a blessing
Sorrow into joy
A blunder into a blessing
The cross was a tragedy in human terms,the innocent
Son of God,falsely accused,went through an unjust
trial and finally crucified on a cross between two
God turned that event into the greatest triumph
Salvation for mankind & overcoming the evil one
Justified ,Sanctified& Glorified
When I believed in the Lord Jesus as my Lord & Saviour,I was
• Rom 5:1 KJV
• (1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
When I go through trials I am being sanctified
• 1Co 6:11 KJV
• (11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
by the Spirit of our God.
When I die,I will be glorified
• Rom 8:30 KJV
• (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and
whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified,
them he also glorified.
Triumph in Christ
2Co 2:14 KJV
• (14) Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to
triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his
knowledge by us in every place.
Rom 8:35-37 KJV
• (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword?
• (36) As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
• (37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.
Through this trial,our family was sanctified. Each
one of us were drawn closer to the Lord.
We could counsel people going through similar
The Lord brought our son –in –law Sam into our lives.
He is God’s chosen gift to us
Sam & Esther were married on June 27th 2015
It will be one year in a few days
Sam is a committed believing Christian
He is a rich blessing to our daughter Esther & to us
Post Script 2020
• I had shared this personal testimony between
2013 and 2016 in our churches
• It has been seven years after my trial with cancer in
• By the Lord’s abundant grace,I am in good health
• I am able to fulfil my responsibilities to my
family,my job as an ophthalmologist and my church
• Sam and Esther were blessed with a baby
daughter in February 2018.
• Tabitha Shalom Sam, our granddaughter is a
delight and a rich blessing to our family
The Lord’s Promises, Psalm -128:4-6

• Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed
that feareth the LORD. (Psa 128:4 KJV)
• The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and
thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the
days of thy life. (Psa 128:5 KJV)
• Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children,
and peace upon Israel. (Psa 128:6 KJV)
Psalm 103 – Forget not all his benefits
A Psalm of David.Psalm 103:1-5
• Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me,
bless his holy name. (Psa 103:1 KJV)
• Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his
benefits: (Psa 103:2 KJV)
• Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all
thy diseases; (Psa 103:3 KJV)
• Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who
crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender
mercies; (Psa 103:4 KJV)
• Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that
thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psa 103:5 KJV)
God’s one all sufficient solution
• God has not provided many different solutions
for the multitudinous problems of mankind.
• Instead, He offers us one all sufficient solution
which is His answer to every problem.
• We may come from many different
backgrounds, each of us burdened with our
own special need
• But to receive God’s solution we must all
make our way to the same place—the cross of
Jehova Rapha
God who heals.

  • Dr. Anna Elias